Life & Letters


About this Item

Title: Walt Whitman to Roden Noel, 25 May 1886

Date: May 25, 1886

Whitman Archive ID: loc.03274

Source: The Charles E. Feinberg Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1839–1919, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

Contributors to digital file: Stefan Schöberlein and Kyle Barton

page image
image 1
page image
image 2

328 Mickle street
Camden New Jersey U S America
May 25 '861

Thanks for the photograph & letter—but the book has not yet reach'd me—Yes, indeed, I consider you one of my good friends in England.

Walt Whitman

Roden Noel (1834–1894) was an English poet. Noel came from an aristocratic English family, and in his youth developed socialist sympathies. He was a close friend of the poet and influential critic Robert Buchanan, and it may have been through Buchanan that Noel first encountered Leaves of Grass in 1871 (the same year that he first wrote to Whitman). In 1871, Noel published an essay entitled "A Study of Walt Whitman" in The Dark Blue (Harold Blodgett, Walt Whitman in England [Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1934], 147–149).


1. This postal card is addressed: Roden Noel | 57 Anesley Park | London S E | England. It is postmarked: CAMDEN | MAY | 25 | 130 PM | 1886 | N.J.; PHILADELPHIA | MAY | 25 | 1886 | [illegible]. [back]


Published Works | In Whitman's Hand | Life & Letters | Commentary | Resources | Pictures & Sound

Support the Archive | About the Archive

Distributed under a Creative Commons License. Matt Cohen, Ed Folsom, & Kenneth M. Price, editors.